Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology


The University of Akron offers a Counseling Psychology Program (CPP) housed in the Department of Psychology. Established in 1983, the program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. It is distinctive in that it uses an apprenticeship model to provide solid generalist training in counseling psychology to students of diverse backgrounds and has a strong focus on social justice.


All students who are seeking admission to the program will apply through the Department of Psychology. For specific admissions requirements and eligibility, please see the admissions page.

Program Emphasis

Program emphasis is strongly placed on a scientist-practitioner model of training. Beyond the basic core areas of psychology, students are expected to establish specific competencies in the areas of theory, research, and practice of counseling psychology. Academic preparation includes theories of psychotherapy, supervision, diversity issues in counseling psychology, vocational psychology, testing theory and practice, research and statistics, and professional issues. Research and publication are greatly encouraged. Graduates typically seek out academic teaching, research, and training positions, as well as positions in counseling centers and other mental health agencies.

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The Counseling Psychology Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

    Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 
    American Psychological Association 
    750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 
    Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: